Gotham Knights is a highly-anticipated upcoming game from Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal, marking the studio’s return to the Batman universe.
Gotham Knights will take players to a “dynamic and interactive” open world Gotham City where they’ll be able to step into the shoes of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Robin (Tim Drake), Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Red Hood (Jason Todd), all of whom must work together to stop the city descending into chaos following the apparent death of Batman.
Gotham Knights is a game designed with co-op play in mind but it’ll be up to you whether you play on your own or whether you team up with a friend. Regardless, you’ll be able to seamlessly switch between the four main characters using their individual powers and abilities as you patrol Gotham’s five district boroughs and stop criminals.
Initially announced in 2020 with a 2021 release date, Gotham Knights has since been delayed until 2022. As you’d expect, this is so the development team can have “more time to deliver the best possible experience for players”. When Gotham Knights does eventually launch, it’ll be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.
It’s been a while since we last heard about the game but the game is on October’s DC Fan Dome lineup so that’ll soon change. While we wait, we’ve collected together the latest news and rumors about Gotham Knights below to keep you busy.
Gotham Knights: cut to the chase
- What is it? A new Batman game starring Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood
- When can I play it? TBC 2022
- What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC
Gotham Knights was officially announced during DC FanDome on August 22, 2020. A release date was then slated for sometime in 2021, however, Warner Bros. announced in March 2021 that the game was being delayed until 2022.
The delay was announced on the official Gotham Knights Twitter page, with Warner Bros. revealing that the upcoming action RPG will now launch worldwide in 2022 rather than in its initial 2021 release window.
“We are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players,” the statement reads. “Thank you to our amazing fans for your tremendous support of Gotham Knights. We look forward to showcasing more of the game in the coming months.”
The action-packed first Gotham Knights trailer shows our four vigilantes receiving a posthumous call from Bruce Wayne, declaring Gotham unsafe and the GCPD distrustful, while also leaving behind all his files and a base of operations (The Belfy) to help keep the city safe.
We then receive a montage looking at the quartet’s different fighting styles, before leading into the co-op element of the game and the introduction of the Batcycle. The trailer closes out introducing what is likely the game’s main antagonist – the Court of Owls.
Simultaneously, a child’s voice can be heard saying: “No one talks about them. Not a whisper word is said. For if you try to crush them, then the talon strikes you dead.” This refers to the deadly assassins known as ‘Talons’, which were first introduced back in Batman #2 in 2011.
At the same DC FanDome event, Warner Bros. then premiered the first pre-alpha gameplay of Gotham Knights, showing Batgirl and Robin joining forces to take on Mr. Freeze during one of several villain encounters. Creative director Patrick Redding narrates the footage, stating that the Mr. Freeze storyline takes place about “a dozen or so hours” into Batgirl’s character progression.
Renee Montoya is heard speaking via radio to Batgirl, seemingly confirming that the GCPD detective is working with the group in some capacity. Alfred Pennyworth – Bruce Wayne’s butler and guardian – is featured over comms too.
A new addition to the series is the introduction of an XP system for leveling up characters, meaning all thugs will possess a number above their head, giving players an idea of their difficulty. This grows as the player increases in power and ability, so that foes keep pace throughout.
“Confronting a villain like Mr. Freeze can be a very different proposition at level five or at level 15, and not just in terms of stats but in the kinds of attacks and defenses they bring to bear,” explains Redding, before teasing more to come in future.
As mentioned above, Gotham Knights is an open-world action RPG that allows you to play as four characters: Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood. Each of these characters has their own playstyle and abilities. Batgirl is trained in a variety of fighting styles and is also well-versed in technology and coding; Nightwing is a master of acrobatics and carries his iconic dual escrima sticks; Robin is an expert fighter who carries a quarterstaff and is trained in stealth; while Red Hood is strong and proficient in a manner of weapons.
As these Knights, players will patrol Gotham’s five district boroughs, dropping in on criminal activity as they find it.
While you can play Gotham Knights solo, there’s also an option to play co-op multiplayer, allowing a second player to drop in and out of the game as one of your fellow Knights – without affecting you.
Below, we’ve gathered up all the biggest news and rumors surrounding Gotham Knights: